It’s even worse than usual now, because the Lib Dems are dead people walking, so the choice between Labour-Tory policies and Tory-Tory policies is like choosing between being kicked in the left bollock or the right bollock. I reached a state of despair with political parties quite some considerable time ago, and I’m sure I’m not the only one. It’s even worse round here, because nobody stands against Bercow anyway, and the Green party are too poor to field candidates everywhere.
Of course, the other main reason for not voting in local elections is because central government has grabbed so much power over the past 30 years that the idea of local government is a bad joke. Most of the spending money comes from the centre, and because of that, local councils have to do central government’s bidding in order to get their hands on the money. The remaining bits of the education system that have some kind of local council oversight are being steadily privatised via the mechanisms of academies and free schools.
Your local swimming pool is probably being run by Serco or similar. Your local comprehensive school will probably end up being run by them, too. But even this stinking and corrupt policy is not entirely the Tories‘ fault. Because it was the fucking Labour party in power who invented the shitting academies.
So, no, not really surprising that people weren’t bothered about voting. What’s the point? Those who say that you have no right to complain if you don’t vote are dead wrong, too. Supporting a broken system by pretending it still works is a form of denial. What if they gave an election and nobody came?